Suspects Charged With Attempting To Murder State Troopers

Suspects Fired On Troopers During 100 MPH High Speed Chase

Heavily armed troopers search for two suspects who fired at officers during a chase Friday night near Benson. Photo by John Payne

The NC Highway Patrol has charged two men involved in a weekend high speed pursuit with attempting to murder two pursuing state troopers.

Around 8:30pm Friday, the Highway Patrol stopped a white Honda on Interstate 40 near the Highway 210 Exit at the 319 mile marker.  The vehicle pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate and stopped. As the trooper approached the car, the driver sped away and began traveling eastbound on I-40 at speeds of around 100 MPH.

The chase then turned off I-40 onto several rural roads near Benson.  During the pursuit an occupant within the vehicle fired several shots at two pursuing troopers.

Officers take Justin Lynn Chapman of Sanford into custody following an extensive manhunt Friday night near Benson. Photo by John Payne

Johnston County deputies were able to deploy a tire deflation device deflating the tires on the Honda near the intersection of Woodall Dairy Road and Federal Road outside of Benson. However, the suspects jumped and ran on foot.

Heavily armed troopers and deputies conducted a manhunt for several hours in the area of the Willa Chase subdivision before Justin Lynn Chapman, 26, of Sanford and Steven Randolph Young, 21, of Staley, NC were apprehended.

Both suspects are charged with attempted first degree murder.

A trooper escorts Steven Randolph Young of Staley, NC to a patrol car after his arrest following a car chase and manhunt Friday night near Benson. Photo by John Payne

No law enforcement personnel nor the two suspects were injured during this incident, according to First Sgt. Michael Baker with the NC Highway Patrol.

Officials would not release any additional details, but WTSB News has learned three Highway Patrol cars were damaged during the chase. Troopers would not confirm if one of the patrol cruisers was damaged by bullets fired by the fleeing suspects.

Photos by John Payne